Spring 2018

5 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

By Mackenzie Fauque

Hello friends! Today I want to share with you my five favorite ways to jean jacket! I really believe that a jean jacket is a staple in any wardrobe even if you are rocking a capsule closet. Whether for warmth or purely style, a great jean jacket is a piece that I constantly reach for in my closet. My denim of choice is my thrifted Eddie Bauer jean jacket from Goodwill that I scored for $7 but I also picked up one by Mind Code last winter that I wear on occasion.

1. Dress

This might be my personal favorite way to wear my jean jacket and comes in handy all the time during the spring and summer months. It is so effortless and looks like you put a lot of effort into a nice outfit. Lately I have really loved this sunflower dress (obviously from Goodwill because where else do I get clothes) and dressing it up or down either with a pair of Chacos or chunky heels and a floppy hat.

Mackenzie in a sunflower dress, denim jacket and floppy hat, with her Madewell bag

Mackenzie standing in front of a "Keep Portland Werid: Dante's Live Music on Burnside" sign painted on the side of a building

2. Trouser

Considerably the most trendy way to style a denim jacket, trouser have been a very popular piece recently. I got this pair from an online store called Romwe for less than twenty dollars. A denim jacket dresses down the more professional look of these linen pants, but it makes something a little fashion forward a little more wearable for those who are fashionably shy.

Mackenzie in her jacket, black trousers, white top, black booties and bag

Mackenzie in an alley downtown

3. Casual 

I rock this one a little too often. Perfect for traveling or a day where you don’t want to put too much effort: leggings, tennies, and a T-shirt accompanied by a jean jacket is the best way to get a minimalistic stylish look. Throw on a cool band tee or a hat to kick it up a notch.

Woman in leggins, tennis shoes, pink top, denim jacket, Adidas hat

Woman in white Converse, dark skinny jeans, grey top, denim jacket and silver necklace

4. Distressed Denim

My black distressed jeans were a fall and winter staple for me this year and what better way to take this opportunity to throw a little color and add some denim. This outfit is tried and true because there are a million different combinations of sweaters and shoes you can wear this with. My personal favorite is this yellow turtleneck that I got at a thrift store with either converse high tops or some sort of bootie. This outfit never fails

Mackenzie in denim jacket, black skinnies, white converse, denim jacket, madewell bag

Close up of Mackenzie in outfit described above

5. Canadian Tuxedo 

Denim on denim on denim! Some people have this look down to a T, but I on the other hand struggle with this look occasionally. Pairing a good pair of jeans with a rad jean jacket can really make a statement. This look has really made a comeback and is perfect when you are wanting to showcase your favorite pieces.

Woman in denim jacket, skinny jeans, white and blacked striped long sleeve

Woman in high waisted jeans, denim shirt, denim jacket and red bandana tied around neck

 

These are some of my favorite ways to wear my jean jacket. I am such a fan of this piece in my closet so much so that I wear one of these looks AT LEAST once a week. Not only does a good denim jacket have an insanely practical use of none other than warmth, but holy cow it is totally cute. Bring out your old friend and show them some love because hey its almost warm enough where a jean jacket is all you need.

Photos taken from Pinterest, Jazzer-rae Engel, Kinsey Smith and Mackenzie

Spring 2018

A Night on the Town

 

Group shot of everyone laughing and interacting

Whether it’s a play, drinks with friends, a concert or something else, a night out is a fun excuse to dress up. For this shoot, we decided to head over to the Wilma Theater and show you our best “going out” looks. We hope you enjoy!

DinaDina walking in a pencil skirt, pink blazer, pink top and silver clutch

It’s me, Dina, in another post with Trendsetters.

First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for spending your time to reading about this post.

This time, our post is kind of a fancy one with our outfits that we chose for this “Night Out” shoot. Each of us who came to the photo shoot wore some cute and fancy outfits just like we were going to go out to dinner.

Talking about going out to dinner, I always take it seriously. So, every time when my friend ask me to go out for dinner, I will dress up nicely. For example, in January, I had my very first fancy dinner of 2018 with my some of my friends in Portland. It was fun dinner and I wore a black dress. Just for an hour in a restaurant, I spent two hours for getting ready–and that is totally fine for me. Before going out, I usually spend two hours getting ready, including taking a shower and doing makeup. As long as I get a nice look, I don’t care if I spend that long of a time. Plus, just going out for a dinner is special for me.  I really love to wear a dress and a cute skirt for a dinner with friends.

For our shoot this time, I wore a black skirt with my cute pink top–I got both of them from H&M. I cover my outfit with a pink blazer to make my style look more formal and I got it from GAP. Last but not least, I finished my outfit with my sparkles high heels. I wore those heels in our denim shoot also and they are from Forever 21.

I think that’s all for this post.

Have a blessed day.

Close up of Dina's sparky heels

Dina's sparkly clutch purse

Dina leaning against the railing

Claire

Claire leaning against the railing

Ah, a night out! Also known as my perfect excuse to dress how I actually feel without feeling over the top. Okay I might still look a bit over the top, but I love the freedoms that “a night out” gives to everyone’s wardrobe. Because of this I chose to wear a maroon satin dress with a floral pattern embroidered all over it that I got over spring break at Urban Outfitters. On my feet I wore some white and black boys tap dance shoes I picked up a while back at Goodwill. I also wore some long gold chain earrings I got at Forever 21 that make me feel like a 1920’s flapper. And last, but certainly not least, I wore my favorite coat that I own; a pastel blue, and extremely fluffy, faux fur coat. It’s the perfect article of clothing that not only keeps you warm, but makes a statement every time I put it on. This is what I chose to wear on my night out, I can’t wait to see all of you at the premier of American Idiot and the other upcoming productions put on by our university’s theatre department!

 Close up of Claire's long dangly earrings

Claire lounging on stairs

Claire against the railing

Stephanie

Stephanie leaning against the railing

A “night out” was probably one of my favorite themes for a photo shoot! I love getting dressed up and going out with my friends. For this shoot I decided to wear a light cream crop top with my light wash jean jacket both from H&M. Then I chose my black pencil skirt from Charlotte Russe and my black boot heels from H&M! I chose this outfit because it’s very simple and comfortable, but it fits my style perfectly.

Stephanie lounging on the steps

Close up of Stephanie's black booties

Stephanie throwing her jacket over her shoulder

Stephanie letting her jacket come off her shoulders

Michelle

Michelle in maroon plunge neck jumpsuit, maroon floppy hat and sandals

This photoshoot was so fun! I love any excuse I can get to dress up with my girls and go out for a night. And what better of a location than the Wilma? This jumpsuit was Christmas gift from one of my best friends in high school, and I always save it for special occasions. The jumpsuit came from Forever 21. The color is one of my favorites, and I absolutely love being dressed head to toe in it. Plus, it gives me the perfect excuse to wear the hat! I swapped my usual headband for this plum hat to dress up the jumpsuit. It would’ve been nice if the wind had let me wear it for longer than two minutes at a time.

Michelle smiling at the camera

Michelle smiling

Michelle leaning against the railing

Jazzer-Rae

Jazz in front

I think one of my favorite things about going out is getting ready to go out. I love deciding what kind of look I will be rocking for the night, and since this girl is a uniform-wearing full time worker, I’ll take advantage of any reason to get a little dressed up. Though I love getting dressed up,  I am also a big fan of comfort. I decided to go with an outfit that is comfortable but still stylish for a night out. Here I am wearing these pants that I love because they can be worn as loungewear but can be dressed up for a night on the town. I paired them with a striped button up blouse and the cutest pointed toe flats that tie up, both from H&M, that really dress this look up. And lastly to make this look pop, I threw on this true red jacket that I found at Goodwill for a dollar. A dollar. What a steal!

Jazz in front of the box office

Jazz smiling

Tessa

Tessa leaning against the railing, wind blowing

Anyone who knows me knows that I will take any excuse to be overdressed. I have on two occasions worn an actual prom dress to the opening night of a play that my friends were in. So, an entire shoot dedicated to dressing up to go out? Wow. And I get to help promote American Idiot (a show that so many friends of mine are in)?! I can’t imagine anything better. For this shoot, I went with a simple navy floral jumpsuit that I got at Francesca’s and some tan sandals I’ve had for forever.

Tessa with the Wilma behind her

Tessa looking over her shoulder, the wind blowing her hair

Tessa on the bridge with the Wilma behind her